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Is "As a cp alternative" necessary?

GNU's cp -p does preserve mode, ownership, and timestamps. It also provides the -a option which preserves even more. I can only assume the article is talking about an older GNU cp or a cp from some other UNIX environment.

I don't know that there are any Arch users who are using something other than a recent GNU cp from coreutils. I don't see how this is relevant to Arch Linux (or any other modern GNU/Linux distribution). James Eder 16:54, 30 July 2011 (EDT)

I agree it's unnecessary. yngwin 00:29, 13 August 2011 (EDT)
I don't see the value of this section either, other than for historical reasons which are not pertinent to this article. Whabash090 02:47, 16 December 2011 (EST) suggests that tar might work better with links without extra arguments (cp needs --archive to do the same) Petteyg (talk) 23:13, 5 April 2013 (UTC)